Interns Summer in Review, Part 1: From the University to the Field

During the 2013 spring semester, I registered for the Surveying for Engineers class at my college. The class was not required for my Environmental Science major, which caused my advisor to question why I would want to take it. I told him that thirteen years earlier, on a summer walk with my mom, I saw …

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NEON presents its first higher education video

NEON is excited to present its first video in a series of multimedia resources. The Story of LiDAR Data provides a general overview of LiDAR data and highlights how LiDAR data is used to measure structural characteristics of trees. Education is an important part of the NEON project design. NEON’s higher education program provides a …

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Celebrating PODs packed full of sensor equipment

NEON staff celebrate a major accomplishment as four PODs full of sensor equipment ship off to Blandy (D2), Disney (D3), Jones (D3) and Jornada (D14) this week, which marks the beginning of phase three sensor installation for those sites.  Once phase three installation is completed, sensor installation will be completed for those sites.  Although the …

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Summer Internship Program Kicks Off

NEON is pleased to welcome its second cohort of summer interns! This year, seven interns join NEON mentor teams to analyze preliminary AOP, aquatic, and terrestrial data, code algorithms to automate image and data processing, and explore citizen science data for early trends. It promises to be an exciting summer. Their first week was packed …

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Spring Training in Florida

I recently returned from a week of training in Florida. No, not for baseball, but for Big Data. More specifically, how to collect samples for NEON’s Terrestrial Observation System. You know…insects, plants, soils, microbes, mammals, and pathogens. With a push of a button, you’ll be able to access data about all of these things: their …

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NEON Hosts First Annual Bring Your Child to Work Day

Our staff hosted the first annual Bring Your Child to Work Day last month at NEON. The day-long event welcomed children of NEON employees to spend the day at headquarters in Boulder. With the slogan, “A Greener Future S.T.E.M.s from you,” our goal was to inspire kids to pursue an education in math, science, and …

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White House Climate Data Initiative Addresses Climate Change Through Open Data

On March 19, 2014, the White House launched the Climate Data Initiative (CDI), part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan launched in June 2013.  The Climate Action Plan is the Administration’s blueprint for domestic and international efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change and reduce carbon emissions.  The CDI is meant to spur …

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Dear future NEON data users: Thanks for your input!

While we’ve released some preliminary data from newly constructed field sites, our data portal is a work in progress. We want to know what you, future users of NEON data, are looking for when you search for and download data. We’ve hired a usability firm here in Boulder near headquarters to help us systematically collect your feedback so we can use …

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In LiDAR magazine this month: remote sensing multi-tasking

The latest issue of LiDAR magazine features NEON’s remote sensing data collection program. In the magazine, three of our remote sensing scientists from the Airborne Observation Platform team describe the purpose and plans for our state-of-the-art suite of airborne imaging instruments. They also explain their recent jam-packed schedule. In addition to some flight time to …

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Citizen science or crowdsourcing? Yes!

Like most scientists and educators, I don’t just think or talk about my professional areas of interest between 8 and 5. My work creeps into my social life as well, even on my vacations. So, it’s no surprise that here I am, flying over the Upper Midwest on a late return flight from my cousin’s …

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